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Explaining participation in intra-party elections: evidence from Belgian political parties

Bram Wauters (UGent)
(2010) PARTY POLITICS. 16(2). p.237-259
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This article focuses on the participation of party members in intra-party elections and on explanations for this behaviour. The number of intra-party elections is increasing, but their study remains an under-researched phenomenon in contemporary party politics. I test whether participation theories applicable to participation in society also obtain in intra-party elections. The theories tested are: instrumental motivation theory, mobilization theory, resource theory and participation as habit. My analysis on the individual level focuses on two particular internal elections in Belgian parties (VLD and VU) that differ in type and in the membership and ideology of the parties organizing these elections. The results largely confirm the instrumental motivation theory and participation as habit. Neither the mobilization theory nor the resource theory are supported.
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selecting leaders, LEADERSHIP, membership activities, VOTER TURNOUT, political participation, intra-party democracy, Belgium, LINKAGE, PARADOX, BENEFITS, CANDIDATE SELECTION, DEMOCRACY

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Wauters, Bram. “Explaining Participation in Intra-party Elections: Evidence from Belgian Political Parties.” PARTY POLITICS 16.2 (2010): 237–259. Print.
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Wauters, B. (2010). Explaining participation in intra-party elections: evidence from Belgian political parties. PARTY POLITICS, 16(2), 237–259.
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Wauters, Bram. 2010. “Explaining Participation in Intra-party Elections: Evidence from Belgian Political Parties.” Party Politics 16 (2): 237–259.
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Wauters, Bram. 2010. “Explaining Participation in Intra-party Elections: Evidence from Belgian Political Parties.” Party Politics 16 (2): 237–259.
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Wauters B. Explaining participation in intra-party elections: evidence from Belgian political parties. PARTY POLITICS. 2010;16(2):237–59.
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B. Wauters, “Explaining participation in intra-party elections: evidence from Belgian political parties,” PARTY POLITICS, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 237–259, 2010.
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  author       = {Wauters, Bram},
  issn         = {1354-0688},
  journal      = {PARTY POLITICS},
  keywords     = {selecting leaders,LEADERSHIP,membership activities,VOTER TURNOUT,political participation,intra-party democracy,Belgium,LINKAGE,PARADOX,BENEFITS,CANDIDATE SELECTION,DEMOCRACY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {237--259},
  title        = {Explaining participation in intra-party elections: evidence from Belgian political parties},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068809339541},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2010},
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